Court Snubs Bush on Suicide Law / US Looks to Bolivia's NeighboursThe US Supreme Court has ruled that Bush administration overstepped its authority when it barred doctors from helping terminally ill patients die in the only state that allows physician-assisted suicide. In a stinging defeat for the administration on Tuesday, the high court ruled by six votes to three that John Ashcroft wrongly interpreted a federal law in 2001 when he was attorney-general to bar distribution of controlled drugs to assist suicides, disregarding the Oregon law authorising it. "It is difficult to defend the attorney-general's declaration that the statute impliedly criminalises physician-assisted suicide," Justice Anthony Kennedy said for the court majority. The court's most conservative members, Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas and new Chief Justice John Roberts, who was appointed by President Bush, dissented.
US looks to Bolivia's neighbours
A US official has said Brazil, Argentina and other nearby countries are going to determine the success or failure of the new government of Evo Morales, the president-elect of Bolivia who will take office next week.